Deeds, Probate and Land Registries
The Deeds Registry creates and maintains indices of deeds recorded or enrolled in accordance with the Registration of Deeds Act 1961. Once recorded, original deeds are permanently retained in the Deeds Registry and cannot be returned.
In addition to the record and safe storage of deeds described above, all deeds registered from 1911 to the present day are available for viewing in the Deeds Registry, some of which are held in paper form and some electronically. You can request copies of all deeds held in this Registry as they are classed as being in the public domain. All deeds prior to 1911 are housed in the Manx Museum.
The Land Registry creates and maintains a map-based Title Register which gives details of interests in land in the Isle of Man. The Title Register includes details of the owner, charge burdens (i.e. mortgages) and any rights affecting or benefiting the land. In addition, the Land Registry may show details of interests in land such as cautions against first registration, cautions against dealing, priority searches or entries in the register of transactions giving rise to first registration.
The Probate Registry is responsible for the safekeeping of probate records following the issue of a Grant of Probate from the High Court. Probate records in relation to Grants of Probate issued since 1950 can be viewed at our public counter and by prior arrangement, probate files from 1911 to 1949 can be made available at our public counter, however this requires prior notice and normally takes three working days to arrange. Probate records prior to 1911 are housed in the Manx Museum.